Oct 17, 2019

Head Swim Team Coach

  • Wallingford Family YMCA
  • 81 S Elm St, Wallingford, CT, USA
Part time Head Coach

Job Description



Hourly Rate: $16 to $18 per hour


Under the direction of the Senior Director of Membership & Wellness, the Swim Team Head Coach is responsible for organizing and conducting practices, clinics, meets and other events for the Wallingford Family YMCA Dolphins Swim Team.  This team is sponsored by the Wallingford Family YMCA and participates in the Yankee Cluster Swim League. This program is conducted in accordance with the missions and policies of the Wallingford Family YMCA, the YMCA of the USA, and USA Swimming.  

This is a part-time position, not to exceed 40 hours per week.


  1. Contribute to and supervise the fulfillment of the YMCA Mission and character development values through the Wallingford Family YMCA Dolphins Swim Team program.
  2. Under the direction of the Senior Director of Membership & Wellness, will assist in recruitment, hiring, training, supervising, motivating and evaluating swim team staff, as well as taking disciplinary action up to and including termination as needed.
  3. Recruit and oversee the Parent’s Association volunteers, attend monthly Parent Association meetings or arrange a coach representative. Assure that monthly all-parent meetings are held (this can include the spring banquet) where parents vote on Association budget and membership and any other business.
  4. Encourage recruitment of swimmers through YMCA swim lesson programs as well as other YMCA youth programs in collaboration with the Senior Director of Membership & Wellness and the Aquatics Director.
  5. Develop and maintain a recordkeeping system of the status and progress of each swimmer.
  6. In conjunction with the assistant swim coaches, prepare all meet entries assuring that every child swims in every meet they attend.
  7. Develop a schedule for swim team practices across multiple facilities, and develop competitive swim clinics each year.
  8. Update, maintain, and distribute the Dolphin Swim Team handbook.
  9. Communicate regularly with Senior Director of Membership & Wellness and with all coaches.
  10. Maintain communication and rapport with all swimmers and their parents.
  11. Demonstrate an enthusiastic attitude towards the team and provide a positive learning environment for all.
  12. Oversee the Dolphins website and other social media and ensure that it is kept up to date.
  13. Assist in the preparation of an annual budget under the guidance and supervision of the Senior Director of Membership & Wellness, and manage that budget for the Dolphins Swim Team program in accordance with established procedures and expectations.
  14. Represent the Wallingford Family YMCA at YMCA regional events and trainings.
  15. Assist with the evaluation and improvement of the swim team program.  Assist with the creation of new programs and new collaborations. Evaluate all programs annually to ensure they meet the needs of program participants.
  16. Continue to develop and evaluate the USA Swimming program as part of the Dolphins Swim program.
  17. Report any facility problems, needed repairs to the Facility Director following the work order procedure.
  18. Keep current with swim coaching techniques and issues. Membership in ASCA recommended.
  19. Keep all certifications current and monitor coaching staff to ensure their certifications are also kept current. 
  20. All other duties as assigned.


  1. A minimum of Lifeguarding (YMCA or ARC) and CPR/AED/AEO is required.  
  2. Coaching certifications from YMCA of the USA and USA Swimming. Certification from ASCA is preferred. 
  3. Two to four years competitive coaching experience is required.  
  4. Two years Head Coach preferred.
  5. Bachelor's Degree in a related field or equivalent preferred.
  6. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to communicate recognized principles and practices of coaching young swimmers.  
  7. Demonstrated ability to build a team of quality coaches.
  8. Great communication skills a must as well as supervision and public relations skills.  
  9. Sexual harassment training must be obtained within 6 months. 
  10. Additional certifications preferred: Lifeguard Management, WSI and/or Y Swim Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor, and Pool Operator.


  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time. 
  • Must be able to work for extended periods of time in an aquatics environment.

Safety is the responsibility of every employee of the YMCA. Each employee is charged with adhering to the YMCA’s Risk & Safety Management program as directed by the management. 

The Wallingford Family YMCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All new hires go through a 90 day introductory period, during which time an employee can be terminated if they are not adapting to the department policies. The introductory period begins with the employee’s department orientation. 

Please contact Sally Darrow, Sr. Director of Health and Wellness with any questions: sdarrow@wallingfordymca.org

Please supply and send by email the following to Sally Darrow: sdarrow@wallingfordymca.org

Resume with pertinent qualifications

Cover Letter with interest in the position

Copies of certifications

3 references or letters of recommendation we can easily contact and verify, one reference should be a family member.

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